2014 Week 10 – 1971 Miranda Sensomat RE

This Miranda system is one of my rare cases of the tail wagging the dog, in that I purchased the lens before I’d even heard of Miranda.

While perusing eBay one day years ago, I noticed a huge piece of glass peering out from an otherwise underwhelming pile of camera junk.  There was no description, but I knew I needed to check it out; so I bid, won, and waited patiently to see what I’d purchased.  It turned out to be Soligor-Miranda 85mm f/1.8; a rather rare lens from the ’60s with almost perfect glass and heavy as a bucket of bolts.  Problem was, I had no cameras upon with to mount the lens, so back to eBay I went.  I picked up several Miranda models and finally opted for the Sensomat RE as my regular Miranda shooter.  Later on I picked up a couple of other lenses (50mm f/1.4 and 28mm f/2.8), but my favorite by far remains the 85mm.  You can see a digital shot of the lens on an old Miranda D HERE.

I shot one roll each of color and B&W, the color being a “mystery roll” I got from ebay; an old roll of Photoworks film, which I’m sure is long expired.  Since I’m happy to get any kind of image at all from these “mystery rolls,” I was pretty satisfied with the results. 🙂

observer

“Reflections”
1971 Miranda Sensomat RE
Photoworks 200 (Expired)
Jobo C41 Press Kit

jars

“Jars on the Sill”
1971 Miranda Sensomat RE
Photoworks 200 (Expired)
Jobo C41 Press Kit

We just had quite a long cold spell here in Northwest Montana and my fireplace was working overtime trying to keep the house warm.

warmth

“Warm”1971 Miranda Sensomat RE
Photoworks 200 (Expired)
Jobo C41 Press Kit

I’ve placed some of my favorite film positives between acrylic, making for nice window decorations; especially during a long, colorless winter.

spring

“Spring”
1971 Miranda Sensomat RE
Photoworks 200 (Expired)
Jobo C41 Press Kit

With all of the snow, I didn’t really go anywhere “special” for my photos, so here are a couple I took while playing with the dogs in the front yard. 😉

snow day

“Snow Day”
1971 Miranda Sensomat RE
Kodak TMAX 100
Ilford Microphen 1+1

snowjumper

“Bennett Snowjumper”
1971 Miranda Sensomat RE
Kodak TMAX 100
Ilford Microphen 1+1

 

bennett

“Bennett”
1971 Miranda Sensomat RE
Kodak TMAX 100
Ilford Mircophen 1+1

This week’s large format shot is presented based on input I received from one of you awesome people!  I placed the negative on my light table and shot it with my macro lens (on digital).  Definitely solves the problem of my scanner not being large enough!  Shown is the southern view of my green house, which is attached to the back of an art studio which supports wood carving, clay sculpture/kiln, stained glass, etc.

white greenhouse

“White Greenhouse”
1945 Graflex Anniversary Speed Graphic
Kodak TMAX 100
Ilford Microphen 1+1

Thanks for looking, see you all next week!

 

16 thoughts on “2014 Week 10 – 1971 Miranda Sensomat RE

  1. These are great! I have heard from Miranda cameras, but have never used them. That lens you bought was a great buy. 🙂

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  2. Wow for expired film, those colors sure are vibrant. I always love the dog shots, but my favorite is ‘Warm’. Glad the light table idea worked for you! I can’t take credit for it, I found it either on flickr or someone’s large format blog. If I recall, they actually usually take 8-10 shots of different parts of the negative and then stitch them together using software, but I just take a single shot.

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  3. I have my mother’s Miranda. I should try and get the battery sorted out and use it. There are many happy memories in that camera.

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